Immigrants and Transportation: An Analysis of Immigrant Workers’ Work Trips

A significant increase in immigrant populations in the U.S. poses various social and economic issues. Transportation mobility is one of the most crucial components to facilitate economic activities of new immigrants. Using the 2006 IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series), this paper analyzed the work-trip mode of new immigrants in comparison with non-immigrants. This study found that workers’ immigration history is associated with their work-trip modes. Immigrants are still more likely to use non-drive alone trip modes after controlling various personal, household, and other characteristics. Special efforts to support carpooling or community-based transit service among new immigrants are necessary. Female immigrants are still less likely to use public transit after adjusting various covariates including household income and vehicle availability. Also, a lower propensity toward carpooling among highly educated immigrants is noteworthy. The notable increase in immigrant populations requires more attention and effort in both research and practice.


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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2765
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:21AM